A week of fun for local children

2018-07-10 06:00
Children lining up at the Manenberg People’s Centre in Thames Avenue on Monday morning.

Children lining up at the Manenberg People’s Centre in Thames Avenue on Monday morning.

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It was all fun and games for hundreds of children as they took part in a week-long holiday programme hosted by the Manenberg Centre of Islamic Information and Education last week.

The non-profit organisation hosted the programme at the Manenberg People’s Centre in Thames Avenue from Monday to Friday, with a variety of educational items.

Moulana Sameeg Norodien, spokesperson for the group, says the programme was created with the aim of keeping children off the streets during the school holidays.

“Living in this area can be very tempting for children who are faced with drugs and gangsterism daily. It is important for us to ensure that they are not attracted to wrongdoings during this period. We opened our doors to the community as early as 08:00 every morning, knowing that children roam the streets by this time,” he explains

“We had over 150 children walking into the centre, daily, and our programmes consisted of fun games and arts activities, as well as educational and informative talks from police, fire and government officials, on issues pertaining to the community’s struggle.

“The biggest aim with this week-long programme was to inspire the children to dream big and to look at alternative activities other than drugs and gangsterism. We want to see them grow up to be successful doctors and lawyers one day, despite their current conditions, and by having this event we hope to have motivated them.”

The Manenberg Centre of Islamic Information and Education plans to host several other programmes to benefit the community throughout the year.V For more information, call Moulana Sameeg Norodien on 061 924 540

It was all fun and games for hundreds of children as they took part in a week-long holiday programme hosted by the Manenberg Centre of Islamic Information and Education last week.

The non-profit organisation hosted the programme at the Manenberg People’s Centre in Thames Avenue from Monday to Friday, with a variety of educational items.

Moulana Sameeg Norodien, spokesperson for the group, says the programme was created with the aim of keeping children off the streets during the school holidays.

“Living in this area can be very tempting for children who are faced with drugs and gangsterism daily. It is important for us to ensure that they are not attracted to wrongdoings during this period. We opened our doors to the community as early as 08:00 every morning, knowing that children roam the streets by this time,” he explains

“We had over 150 children walking into the centre, daily, and our programmes consisted of fun games and arts activities, as well as educational and informative talks from police, fire and government officials, on issues pertaining to the community’s struggle.

“The biggest aim with this week-long programme was to inspire the children to dream big and to look at alternative activities other than drugs and gangsterism. We want to see them grow up to be successful doctors and lawyers one day, despite their current conditions, and by having this event we hope to have motivated them.”

The Manenberg Centre of Islamic Information and Education plans to host several other programmes to benefit the community throughout the year.V For more information, call Moulana Sameeg Norodien on 061 924 540

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